Trains to Brighton Find train times and tickets

Brighton is the nearest point on England's south coast to London, so it’s the obvious place to head for if you are looking for a seaside excursion by train from the capital. The beach is the obvious draw (if you don't mind pebbles rather than sand), but many venture to Brighton for the town's edgy culture and tolerant ways. In any season, Brighton is fun and quirky. It’s no longer the sedate resort once favoured by Queen Victoria; today it’s a liberal place which defies convention.

You find a generous helping of seaside tack along with the traditional pier. Fish and chips too of course. Many visitors flock to The Lanes, a rather twee area with some good seafood restaurants. To take the pulse of bohemian Brighton, head instead for North Laine where vegan shoes and hand-knitted muesli are all the rage. That North Laine area is a good first stop, as it’s close to Brighton station. It is also worth making time to see the extraordinary mock-Indian Royal Pavilion.

Brighton station bustles at any time of day – no surprise in a green city which shows a strong commitment to public transport. London is less than an hour away, and frequent trains speed from Brighton to Gatwick Airport in under 30 minutes. There are direct trains to Luton Airport and Bedford. Hourly trains run east to Hastings and Ashford, and there’s an equally frequent service west along the coast to Portsmouth and Southampton. There are a number of useful longer-distance services with occasional departures to Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham and Salisbury.

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Winchester to Brighton by train

from £31.90

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Weston-super-Mare to Brighton by train

from £14.00

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Mansfield to Brighton by train

from £30.50

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Wolverhampton to Brighton by train

from £24.00

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Fareham to Brighton by train

from £15.50

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Woking to Brighton by train

from £26.90

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Birmingham to Brighton by train

from £17.50

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Kettering to Brighton by train

from £28.50

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Staines to Brighton by train

from £28.70

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Newport to Brighton by train

from £17.00

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Bedford to Brighton by train

from £20.90

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Hounslow to Brighton by train

from £25.90

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Cardiff to Brighton by train

from £18.50

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Swansea to Brighton by train

from £41.50

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Torquay to Brighton by train

from £60.00

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Stevenage to Brighton by train

from £35.40

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Cheam to Brighton by train

from £5.00

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Cheltenham to Brighton by train

from £31.50

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Blackheath to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Edinburgh to Brighton by train

from £48.00

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Richmond to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Sheffield to Brighton by train

from £49.00

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Haywards Heath to Brighton by train

from £6.40

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Chislehurst to Brighton by train

from £11.20

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Brussels to Brighton by train

from £81.40

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Stafford to Brighton by train

from £35.00

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Stoke-on-Trent to Brighton by train

from £23.50

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Basingstoke to Brighton by train

from £32.30

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Poole to Brighton by train

from £25.50

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Watford to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Croydon to Brighton by train

from £5.00

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Manchester to Brighton by train

from £26.00

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Nuneaton to Brighton by train

from £17.50

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Newcastle upon Tyne to Brighton by train

from £47.00

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Chichester to Brighton by train

from £13.20

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Loughborough to Brighton by train

from £41.50

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Portslade to Brighton by train

from £2.60

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Lincoln to Brighton by train

from £29.60

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Crewe to Brighton by train

from £26.00

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Preston to Brighton by train

from £28.00

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Glasgow to Brighton by train

from £41.00

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Hemel Hempstead to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Milton Keynes to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Ipswich to Brighton by train

from £19.10

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Northampton to Brighton by train

from £37.70

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Durham to Brighton by train

from £47.00

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Luton to Brighton by train

from £18.80

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High Wycombe to Brighton by train

from £37.00

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St Leonards-on-Sea to Brighton by train

from £13.50

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Shrewsbury to Brighton by train

from £22.00

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Grantham to Brighton by train

from £44.00

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Cleethorpes to Brighton by train

from £114.40

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Peterborough to Brighton by train

from £69.50

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Gatwick to Brighton by train

from £11.90

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Slough to Brighton by train

from £20.00

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Didcot to Brighton by train

from £39.20

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Clapham Junction to Brighton by train

from £5.00

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Southampton to Brighton by train

from £15.50

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Market Harborough to Brighton by train

from £24.00

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Bournemouth to Brighton by train

from £20.90

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Oxford to Brighton by train

from £27.30

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Emsworth to Brighton by train

from £13.50

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Carlisle to Brighton by train

from £140.30

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Twickenham to Brighton by train

from £8.50

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Swindon to Brighton by train

from £36.00

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